With the Tigers losing to the White Sox today, the Pale Hose will now host “my” Twins tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. CT on TBS. Nick Blackburn (11-10, 4.14) will oppose John Danks (11-9, 3.47). On the season, Blackie is 2-2 with a 5.67 ERA against Chicago, while surprisingly the Twins have gone 1-1 (7.91) against Danks on the year in four of his starts. With that huge game still not solidifying the AL playoffs, I would first like to comment on the matchups in the National League’s Division Series:
Phillies in 5: Although Philly has the definite edge in pitching (what with Hamels, Myers, and Moyer) and probably the bullpen, Milwaukee has the great equalizer: C.C. Sabathia. I think that the Brewer’s pitching will be good enough to win at least one game where C.C. isn’t on the mound, as their hitters are a resilient bunch. Plus, I can see Brad Lidge again folding in postseason play. That combined with two wins from Sabathia will push the Brew Crew into the NLCS.
Dodgers in 3: The Cubs have Ryan Dempster, Carlos Zambrano, and Rich Harden scheduled to pitch the first three games of the series. Game Over. The Dodgers may win in Derek Lowe’s start, but I don’t think Chad Billingsley and Hiroki Kuroda (as good as they have been in September) can wade through the deep Cubs’ lineup. A Dodger victory in this series would be one of the bigger ALDS upsets in recent memory.
Tomorrow, once the AL playoff matchups are set, I will preview them. Go Twins!!